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|2 hours 22 min ago||My Two Cents...||
I am sort of with others here - I've been on a few such trips as well over the years and the best experiences that I've had overall are Wisconsin and Penn State. Both of these are on very cool campuses and have excellent pregame and crazy in-game atmospheres. I would also back up the people that have had only ho-hum experiences in West Lafayette - Purdue fans were very kind, but Ross-Ade is just a sad atmosphere for a game on many levels.
|3 hours 38 min ago||Thanks To All...||
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes both here and on other platforms today.
It does mean quite a bit to me to be part of this community, and to know that people appreciate the efforts to keep it at least semi-respectable. This is a special group indeed, and like I've told a few people, it is something I wouldn't do if I didn't care about you guys. Thanks for being part of one of the better fan sites yet conceived certainly :-)
|5 hours 43 min ago||Happy Birthday To Me...||
I happen to have an excellent reason to drink as I turn 36 today, so I am enjoying a Guinness and some of the funfetti cake that my kids helped make for me. My daughter even said, "We couldn't find 36 candles, but you can blow out these three...", which made me feel old for a moment, but she has the family sense of humor, to be sure.
|11 hours 4 min ago||Amusing Wager...||
Did anyone else see the wager on Reddit that someone placed on yesterday's game, out of curiousity? $20 on the score and a Khedira goal, and well...
|11 hours 48 min ago||Here's One...||
Well, if you run the last set of Sagarin numbers, which is admittedly of somewhat limited usefulness as it is last year's data on teams and superimposing this year's schedule, you would still max out at 9-3 if you assumed - for the sake of the hypothetical - that all positive margins in the arithmetic meant a "win". Not all wins are equally likely, of course, but let's just go with this for a second.
That being said, we don't even need to talk about wholly brilliant things on offense - just visibly better will do if the offense as a whole isn't nearly as discombobulated as a whole this year. If the transition is going as well as folks seem to say it is, then we can manage this and 9-3 is probably reasonably achieveable. Further, with players on both sides of the ball maturing another year and a staff shakeup that we hope optimizes talent (which we have in abundance), then 9-3 is something I could definitely live with given the organizational / schematic shift.
To the OP's question about expecting 10 or more wins, I think the internal shakeups and schematic shifts probably make 10 wins something towards the upper limit of the average prediction for me anyway (for this year), a scenario which plays out perhaps if the learning - particularly on offense - is going better than anyone really imagined, which would be awesome if shown to be true.
|12 hours 12 min ago||Embed For The Board...|
|14 hours 4 min ago||Well, The Numbers Work...||
It seems like the numbers work out for Cleveland, if indeed the intent is to bring LeBron James back to the Cavaliers. Per ESPN's story here - LINK:
According to ESPN's Tom Penn, the trade of Jack sheds $9.5 million in salary (Jack, $6.3 million; Zeller, $1.7 million; Karasev, $1.5 million), giving the Cavaliers $21.7 million in cap space.
I could be wrong, but I think the cap hold on James is something in the neighborhood of $20 million, so they may very well have cleared sufficient space just by making that move with the Nets.
|15 hours 3 min ago||The Ann Arbor News Piece...||
The Ann Arbor News (or MLive d/b/a The Ann Arbor News, if you prefer) did their own writeup on Malzone's performance at the Elite 11, if anyone is interested - LINK
Their review is quite positive, as you may expect, but the piece does have a few quotes from Malzone himself which people might find intriguing enough, including one which expresses relief that he has resolved the question of where is going and can more easily concentrate on improving his game. I will say though that the clips that OP posted do look rather good - very nice, accurate throws highlighted there.
|15 hours 48 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
It is an interesting list, to say the least Austin's incredibly unlikely and very moving story of unimaginable loss and pressing on all the same somehow...it just tells you so much about Hatch and his strength of character.
One thing I will say about this list, however, is that #1 has a pretty good case for being #1 within the bounds of what is being discussed here, but yeah, I am a little surprised that Hatch is not at least higher on the list.
|16 hours 11 min ago||The Rookie Scale...||
The rookie scale for the 8th overall pick comes out to a decent amount of money indeed, if you look at Basketball.RealGM.com. According to them, the 8th pick on this coming season's scale would except to get:
1st year - $2,288,200
2nd year - $2,391,200
3rd year (option) - $2,494,200
I am not sure what it might be subject to, but it sounds like a nice start monetarily in the NBA.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Creating A Role...||
One of the fascinating features of Beilein's offensive philosophy, as it has matured in these past few years, is the ability of players to assume at least a portion of the role of a departing player and, rather than miss a step, actually grow in the role. I see Irvin assuming at least a portion of Stauskas' role on this team and, if the numbers from last year are any indication, doing quite well in the process too. I have to think that Irvin will get some of the looks and plays that Nik did, and if he handles it well, he'll be a dangerous and productive player out there.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Double To A Dollar...||
Even if it were to double to $1.00, we're still talking about a lot of Boone's Farm (or something along those lines) to make the conference schedule for Purdue a little more tolerable, which if things continue to go as they have down there seems like a totally acceptable way to cope.
In all seriousness though, it actually will probably enhance the look and atmosphere of Ross-Ade immensely, so it should work out well enough for Purdue.
|1 day 9 hours ago||It Does Stand Out...||
I was almost more taken aback by the early commitment from one kid to East Carolina. That's another thing that you generally don't see everyday, or at least you don't see it on many national lists like this. I am not knocking the decision, of course, as these kids are simply following their dreams and going where they wish to go, but I just can't recall seeing too many commitments to mid-major schools made this early. It might happen more than I realize, of course, so I can't say too much, I imagine.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Those Who Remain...||
Here's how it looks now on FiveThirtyEight for those who remain:
|1 day 12 hours ago||Also This....||
“Number one, I’ll meet with Doug three times a week when we talk about the offense,” Hoke said. “I’ll sit in meetings with the offense. I’ll know what’s going on.”
This was something I found refreshing to read as well. I know that Hoke himself has lamented about perhaps not being hands-on enough, or rather not being as involved as he believes he should have been in retrospect. Not sure how often he had such meetings before, but it is nice to see this continuing especially with the new scheme.It seems even more important now that these continue (if not increase in frequency) with new schemes and a revamped staff really.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Very Sad To Hear...||
Very sorry to hear about your loss, Seth. Deepest condolences in this time for you and your family.
As others have said, don't worry one bit about us or this corner of the Internet - I can try to help with certain things, if anything comes up. Take care of your family. I am all too happy to make a donation as well.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Regarding The Embed...||
Sadly, you generally can't embed the NBA.com licensed video directly (at least in my experience, you have to be a licensed provider like Yahoo! anyway), which is a bit of a shame in this case as this was a great assist - I am sure it will appear on YouTube in relatively short order, however. It underscores the fact that McGary will definitely be worth following as he makes a career for himself in the pros, in my opinion. He will definitely be missed this year here in Ann Arbor, that's for sure.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Program Culture...||
I would agree that something like "Program Culture", if you will, is worthy of consideration here as it permeates some of the other things that the OP mentions. At least on this point, I would probably give Michigan an edge when it comes to the day-to-day operations of the program and how things are organized, just based on what I know of the structures of both. There seems to be a stronger atmosphere of personal responsibility and accountability in Ann Arbor, at least overall. Further, I think there is something to be said for the family atmosphere that Hoke has tried to create and I believe it has resulted in a net plus for us on the recruiting front and perhaps to a certain extent in the area of staff as well.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Not Even Seasons...||
Within the context of one season, you would be right. When we talk about some of the work that has been done on this blog and others and taking that data back 5-10 years, the correlations between the stats I mentioned and overall success are pretty well-documented. I guess I never understood how a game which typically occurs only a few games into the season could reliably be used as some sort of harbinger of success by itself. Maybe that's just me.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Very Much In Agreement...||
I definitely agree with the OP - the outcome of one game in isolation really says nothing meaningful about the season, and truth be told, I am never sure why anyone has believed this to be the case. Hopefully, we don't see too much of this sort of "analysis" this year, eh?
As we have noted at some length on the blog, there are several other things which correspond much better to overall success in games as well as in the season, such as third down differentials and yards per play differentials and even average points per red zone trip.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Here's Some Background...||
Here's a reprint of the story about Jerry Murrell that appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Alumnus:
More than just a Michigan alum, he is an Alpena native. With regards to his campus experience, he said:
"I only applied to one school," he says. For a kid who had never been out of Michigan, university life-and the shocking array of on-campus brainpower-delivered a life-changing, soul-motivating lesson. "With all these scholars around me, I thought I was out of my league. It woke me up to the competition I was going to face in life and made me humble," Murrell says.
There is also some interesting tidbits about the founding of the business and his background in the article.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Sprinkle's Future...||
Eleven Warriors actually had a nice little writeup on how, in the end, Sprinkle is really the only one that will end up suffering as a result of this. When you let your scholarship to a major Division I institution evaporate into space because you had to have it out with someone (and then some) at a place called The Grown & Sexy Lounge (per the police report), you probably don't have much of a future in football at the college level for the foreseeable future anyway - regardless of how good you are. Hopefully, Sprinkle can get it together once all this is behind him and perhaps even regain his footing and play somewhere.
EDITED AS A REPLY TO BELOW - That he wouldn't be any good or never have a future in the sport is not what I meant to imply, hence "foreseeable future". If he can get himself together and make a second go at football, then that's definitely one way to turn it around. Sorry if it was worded poorly before.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Other Lists...||
The story also provides links to the Hornung and Maxwell Award watch lists as well, and at least for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the top offensive player, Michigan does make an appearance. For that award, Devin Funchess and Devin Gardner are on their preseason list of possibilities. The Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player, has several Big Ten players (Venric Mark, Shilique Calhoun and Stefon Diggs to name a few) but no entry from Michigan that I could see.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Good Find...||
Watching some of those clips sort of made me think about how much he'll be missed, but it was indeed a nice compilation and really, they do serve to provide evidence of how much fun I think Stauskas will continue to be in the NBA. That first offering in particular, the highlight video from this past season, brought back a lot of smiles indeed.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Great Article...||
This is one of those stories where you always want updates because it is just that compelling, and indeed, it would be great to see a program that was designed just for Brock Mealer at the time become something that helps others with similar injuries regain as much of their mobility as possible. I still remember how great that moment was in 2010 when he made his way onto the field - I don't think there was a dry eye in my section - and it has been great to hear about all the progress since that moment.
That was a great read. Thanks for sharing that.
|2 days 16 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
Regardless of the era, at least to me, beating OSU has typically been the crowning achievement in a season, or at least in those seasons where it has happened, so I would place that on top. Back in the day, I probably would have said ND was next because it used to seem like this game was much more a thing than even the game against MSU, but with the emergence of a stable and upward trending MSU over the last several years, I would rank the Spartans second here. Actually, I suppose you could make an argument that any game with conference implications are merely shades of the #1 ranking, but for emotional value, MSU sits at #2 for me given the OP's criteria.
As for Notre Dame, they'll be off the radar for the foreseeable future after this season and really, it makes so much sense actually that South Bend, while geographically in the heart of the Big Ten, should sever its remaining ties with that conference and yearn to be on the Atlantic seaboard. That, and as the game has no conference implications, losing it would still potentially leave us in an OK position.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Nice Find...||
The first glimpse I caught was about a minute or so into the piece, but it was nice to see the shoes as they should be again. We always knew, after all, that there is no pair of ordinary athletic shoes that can completely contain Dilithium. Now that he has a definite role in the offense in Jacksonville, I might find myself again seeking out some Jaguars games this year.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Great Article...||
"Bo Burlingham featured Zingerman’s in a book called “Small Giants,” which is about companies that “choose to be great rather than big.” And the owners and employees of more than 1,000 companies have attended ZingTrain seminars to learn more about the Zingerman’s model."
If you've never read "Small Giants", it is a fascinating book and Zingerman's probably is one of the better examples of values-focused entreprenuership out there, focusing on a culture that drives engagement and strives to be the best in its class, but not at the expense of its people. There's something to be said for that, and it is one of the major reasons I will eat at Zingerman's whenever I am able. I've actually met some of the people who do the ZingTrain workshops, and although I have not yet been to one, the description makes me believe that even large corporations like the one for which I work need to hear at least some of this message.
|3 days 12 hours ago||A Great Match Indeed...||
This was somewhat reminiscent of Federer / Nadal in 2008 when it comes to the scale of the epicness, if you will. Simply an amazing match and like someone said, it is a shame that someone had to lose this one. Congratulations to Novak Djokovic.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Reaching For Content Perhaps...||
I would tend to agree that this seems like a reach for content by ESPN in a typically down period for college football news, but something did stand out to me.
Was I the only person that got an unexpected chuckle out of the fact that the photo of Michigan State's scoreboard was announcing an extreme weather event whereas every other photo seems to at least be running through typical game-type displays?